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November 29, 2007

Give Us a Rake

Filed under: Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, Funky Winkerbean, humor, raking, Tom Batiuk — Cidu Bill @ 6:10 am

Note to Tom Batiuk: Someday, some cartoonist will elicit a week’s worth of humor and entertainment out of a man raking leaves.

This isn’t that week.



  1. That’s Harry Dinkle? How far our icons have fallen!

    Comment by Powers — November 29, 2007 @ 7:26 am

  2. Seriously. Are there still places that collect leaves in plastic bags? Every town in my area requires biodegradable paper bags, so the leaves can be composted.

    Comment by Morris Keesan — November 29, 2007 @ 8:55 am

  3. Awww, give Batiuk a break. I’m delighted that Harry didn’t keel over with a heart attack as he started to rake–that’s what I expected. Of course, the week’s not over.

    Comment by Hunt — November 29, 2007 @ 9:09 am

  4. To Morris, unfortunately, yes. We have a 5-bag limit in the fall, and they go to the land fill. There are voluntary composting programs where you can drop off your leaves (and pumpkins) but I wish all areas were as enlightened as yours!

    Comment by Janice — November 29, 2007 @ 9:58 am

  5. To Morris, our city has a green bag/blue bag system where all compostable stuff gets green bagged and sent for composting and recyclable stuff gets blue bagged for (gasp) recycling. The trucks actually have 2 compartments to keep it separate. So short answer, yes there are, but it is for good. (Don’t know what they do with the green plastic bags though…..)

    Comment by Eisenhomer — November 29, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

  6. I’m not too bothered by the week long rake thing. I don’t find it funny, really, but it looks like Batiuk is attempting to turn Funky into a gag strip again. It’s better than having the characters talking endlessly about cancer, in any case.

    And is it just me, or did any one else expect a return to the “Talking Leaf” gag from earlier Funky strips?

    Comment by El Santo — November 29, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

  7. You won’t be laughing when you read Friday’s strip – Dinkle jumps into the leaf pile and impales himself on a music stand.

    Comment by Phil — November 29, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

  8. I will absolutely be laughing when that happens, Phil!

    Comment by Jim M. — November 29, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

  9. somebody suggested at the beginning of the raking leaves plot, that Batiuk switched from cancer to Alzheimer’s. seriously, i think s/he was right …

    Comment by spiritcatcher — November 29, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

  10. That would have been me, actually (though of course it’s possible I wasn’t the only one).

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 29, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

  11. In my county, they send a big leaf-sucker truck around three times every fall. In the days before its scheduled arrival, we just pile all of our leaves at the curb, with no need for bags at all.

    Comment by Tom T. — November 29, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

  12. He’s definitely getting Alzheimer’s.

    Comment by L.B. Wylie — November 30, 2007 @ 12:23 am

  13. Here in Japan, in the cities people avoid the leaf raking problem altogether, by letting the city cut most of the branches off of the trees…

    Comment by Rob in Japan — November 30, 2007 @ 12:24 am

  14. Batiuk has already beaten Alzheimer’s to death (sorry) in Crankshaft. But, maybe he’s ready to get back to it now that he’s milked cancer dry (sorry again).

    Comment by David — November 30, 2007 @ 11:25 am

  15. Morris wrote:
    > Seriously. Are there still places that collect leaves in plastic bags? Every town in my area requires biodegradable paper bags, so the leaves can be composted.

    Here in the Bay Area, most municipalities have you just rake them into the street & they come along with a giant vacuum truck & suck them up. In fact, ISTR that happening in the Cleveland area, too.

    Comment by Michele — December 2, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

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